On Saturday, a supporter of President Donald Trump was arrested at a Washington checkpoint near the Capitol with an “unauthorized” inauguration pass, a gun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition, Capitol Police said.
The suspect, identified as Virginia resident Wesley Allen Beeler, 31, was stopped at the checkpoint near Lower Senate Park about 6:30 p.m. Friday, NBC News reported, citing arrest records. Police found an unregistered gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside the truck that was adorned with gun decals days ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to the report.
The suspect’s Ford F-150 pickup displayed weapons-related stickers, including one that read, “Assault Life,” and another that said, “If they come for your guns Give ‘Em your bullets first,” police said.
At the time of his arrest, Beeler, of Front Royal, Virginia, allegedly presented an “unauthorized Inauguration credential” to a Capitol Police officer. They did not describe what sort of document he showed that raised suspicion.
Beeler was booked on suspicion of carrying a weapon without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm, and possession of unregistered ammunition, according to police.
The arrest comes after the violent Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol where supporters of President Donald Trump and his unfounded claims of election fraud stormed the building in a violent siege that left five people dead and many more injured.